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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    OH my goodness my Hubby would just love to be turned loose in that room. Glad it's in TX.
    me too - just keep that Amish guy away.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose_P View Post
    I've been wanting a hand crank for awhile for no good reason, but you all know how that goes. Anyway, this turned up on Craigslist and the price seemed reasonable, so she's joined my menagerie. I have been trying to learn something about the Harris No.9 and about all I have found out is that it was a German-made machine sold by the Harris company in Great Britain (as it was known at the time). I have exactly one needle, one presser foot, one bobbin spool and the shuttle. Everything seems to be intact and in better-than-usual condition. The crank makes things turn with no resistance, and no loud noises. The serial number is 1634982, if that means anything to anyone, and the front slide plate is engraved with the Harris company name, London, and the information that it was made in Stettin. I don't have a manual for it, but the seller gave me a Singer #28 manual, and it appears to be pretty similar.

    A little extraneous research turns up the fact that the town that used to be known as Stettin has during various periods of its history been part of Sweden, Prussia and, since WW2, Poland. It is now called Szczecin, so it's quite certain my new baby was born some time before that war.

    I have not gotten myself together enough to pull the needle and see if it looks like any commonly available today, so that will be an important hurdle. Even if it does, that wouldn't mean that the needle is one she's happy with just because it's in there now. I'm not sure about threading, and at the moment haven't figured out how to remove the bobbin, but I'll psych myself up for all that eventually. I like to look at her and will probably just park her somewhere as a conversation piece. I may be a little spoiled by having had electricity all my life, but I'm impressed with what people could do without it. We had no power here for 5 days after Hurricane Ike, so it's possible this machine will someday get to strut her stuff for me.

    If anyone has information about this machine, or a source for parts and a manual, I'll be eager to know. Thanks for the great community we have here!
    Really pretty machine! I have been bitten by the hand crank bug. I love them. I hadn't realize how relaxing they would be to sew on -or how easy to control until I got my first one. Yours looks like my 128, or actually maybe a 28 because the bobbin winder is low? Either way, I love it. Beautiful box, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Joe, have you checked with Guy Baker to see if he has your brush caps? I think that Guy has just about EVERYTHING... google him.
    Yes I have. He was less than helpful. Said right off he didn't have anything like that. I told him I'd bring a sample in and he said don't bother, he wouldn't have it.

    I have done search after search on sewing machine motors, parts, service places, and this motor is virtually unknown.

    Joe

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    Hi Joe - That's the case with some of the older parts. I have a Singer 66-1 from 1909, and I needed a new spring for the bobbin winder. Turns out my machine's was a very early design winder, with a much smaller spring. The very nice and helpful lady at Sew-Classic.com helped me look far and wide, but that spring is no where to be found. I had to buy a later bobbin winder from another 66-1 and replace that section of my winder so I could use it. So...as much as we would love to keep them all "original", sometimes for the sake of using them, we have to adapt. Que sera sera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Sharon beautiful quilts! I can see you like flowers! I bet you garden too!

    Now that you have had that 237 in treadle for a while, what do you think of treadling her? Does the 237 do decorative?

    Nancy
    Nancy,
    I grow some roses and DH grows delicious veggies. Thank you for the nice comment about my quilts. I love floral fabrics and bright colors.
    I love treadling my 237,treadles very easily; it only does straight and zig zag stitches. I have FMQ with it and what a lovely job it does.
    Sharon
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    OK Texas folks....here's an eBay listing you can't pass up!! Wow!! Don't you just wonder what is in all those bentwood cases?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-ANTIQUE-A...item2314395bed
    I only want a few...50 machines?? OMG where would one store them?? (whimpering)
    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I hope so, that would be a fun machine to put in my collection!

    Randa, I tried the walking foot I have and no go! It doesn't work! Sorry!

    Nancy
    I got an e-mail from Aprils...she said it's the same walking foot that she sells. But she did tell me the thread cutter has to come off. I haven't tried that yet, but am going to later tonight. I'm taking my camera along, too, (it's all the way upstairs) cuz the quilt gal thinks I have a strange presser foot bar for it not to fit. I'm glad yours doesn't either. Not glad, but glad I'm not crazy dumb for not getting it to work. Thanks, Nancy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    OK Texas folks....here's an eBay listing you can't pass up!! Wow!! Don't you just wonder what is in all those bentwood cases?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-ANTIQUE-A...item2314395bed
    He's had those machines posted on ebay since before Christmas. My DH found the posting and was ready to go after a few of them, it's only a few hours' drive for us, even offered to rent a trailer. Surely wish I could succumb to temptation but I just don't have the room. ~sniff~

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Yes I have. He was less than helpful. Said right off he didn't have anything like that. I told him I'd bring a sample in and he said don't bother, he wouldn't have it.

    I have done search after search on sewing machine motors, parts, service places, and this motor is virtually unknown.

    Joe
    That's too bad...I've always found him to be really helpful, it surprises me that he didn't even try!
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    Wow, playing catchup tonight! I've been oohhing and aahhing over the "new" machines, plus now I'm hungry for scones and maybe some tea with milk, especially after seeing the action footage of that cabinet like Charlee's Margie is in. Just beautiful.

    Welcome Joe!

    Has anyone else noticed how well the ladies in Charlee's video links have matched their outfits to their machines? (Or how their hair doesn't move at all?) No more plastic hair clips and cartoon-character pajamas for me. It's going to be poufy black taffeta skirts and striking gold jewelry from now on when I sew so I too can match my machines.
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    Well I did have a picture to post here but will need to just tell you about the picture. I went to delete the bury picture in my phone and it took both of them. Darn smarter than I stuff anyway!

    Was in an antique store today and had a tear in my eye when I left. Someone had taken a beautiful Singer treadle out of it's cabinet, built a box like stand for it, then drilled a hole in the top of the arm of the machine and made a lamp base out of the machine. The wheel still turned and the needle worked. At first I thought someone had needed more light. Then it dawned on me there was no treadle to make it work. Looked on the backside to see if a motor had been added. Nope, it was now just a lamp! So sad!!
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    Here's another sad one:

    http://bloomington.craigslist.org/art/2845465039.html

    I hate to see them do this to an old metal sewing machine. Why can't they do it to the new plastic ones instead?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Here's another sad one:

    http://bloomington.craigslist.org/art/2845465039.html

    I hate to see them do this to an old metal sewing machine. Why can't they do it to the new plastic ones instead?!
    I can't agree more. Is that the same guy that makes stuff out of the legs too?

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    I just got my first 401! This machine was originally posted on Craigslist for $80, lowered to $60, and I got it today for $50! I love it, it reminds me of my 503a Rocketeer, but it sews without cams. It is a 1961 machine, works great. I have been playing with it all evening! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/2832976648.html

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I just got my first 401! This machine was originally posted on Craigslist for $80, lowered to $60, and I got it today for $50! I love it, it reminds me of my 503a Rocketeer, but it sews without cams. It is a 1961 machine, works great. I have been playing with it all evening! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/2832976648.html

    Nancy
    NICE!! I really like my 403 and 500...I think they're great fun to sew with!! Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    I just got my first 401! This machine was originally posted on Craigslist for $80, lowered to $60, and I got it today for $50! I love it, it reminds me of my 503a Rocketeer, but it sews without cams. It is a 1961 machine, works great. I have been playing with it all evening! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/hsh/2832976648.html

    Nancy
    Congrats, Nancy. It's a GREAT machine. I had to realign the needle position on mine, but it's one of my favorites.

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    I like those slant-o-matic machines too - my favorite. I think I like the 403 best - most versatile.

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    I have a question about the Singer walking foot attachment. Specifically the one they call the penguin.
    What or which machines were they designed to fit?
    I read of them being for the Featherweights, will they fit other low shank Singer machines as well?

    I've never seen one in person, only in pics, so I really have no idea about them.

    Thanks,

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I have a question about the Singer walking foot attachment. Specifically the one they call the penguin.
    What or which machines were they designed to fit?
    I read of them being for the Featherweights, will they fit other low shank Singer machines as well?

    I've never seen one in person, only in pics, so I really have no idea about them.

    Thanks,

    Joe
    They are specifically made to fit the narrow feed dogs of the low shank Singers like the 221, 185 etc. So, yes, they will work on machines with the narrow feed dogs that are LOW Shank. I had a penguin and sold it.

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    Candace,
    Thanks for information.

    Joe

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    Could someone be so kind as to post links to Billy's threads: Cleaning your Vintage sewing Machine Part Two and any others he's done. I found the first one on page 85 but gave up trying to use the site map. This forum format is more confusing than the freeways in Phoenix.

    And is Billy still posting here? I saw that he got sick and was starting to come back, but haven't seen him post in a while.

    Thanks.

    Joe

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    Does anyone have a manual for a Singer 9W that they can scan for me? ~fingers crossed~
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Could someone be so kind as to post links to Billy's threads: Cleaning your Vintage sewing Machine Part Two and any others he's done. I found the first one on page 85 but gave up trying to use the site map. This forum format is more confusing than the freeways in Phoenix.

    And is Billy still posting here? I saw that he got sick and was starting to come back, but haven't seen him post in a while.

    Thanks.

    Joe
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ng-t45983.html

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...ir-t46696.html

    Here you go on the tutorials. don't know where Billy is right now.

    Texas jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Does anyone have a manual for a Singer 9W that they can scan for me? ~fingers crossed~
    Charlee--Is is so very different from the WW9? I have one for the WW9.

    Texas Jan

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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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